Grove City College and HP Partner on Student and Faculty Laptop Program: Strategic Plan-Leveraging Leading-Edge Technology-Transforms Campus with Accessible IT Environment

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Grove City College and HP Partner on Student and Faculty Laptop Program: Strategic Plan-Leveraging Leading-Edge Technology-Transforms Campus with Accessible IT Environment


Implementation of a laptop program was the beginning of the simplification and standardization of IT at Grove City College (PA), a common enough move these days as anywhere, anytime computing becomes the campus norm. What makes this program strikingly different from other colleges' is that it was launched--in partnership with HP--more than a decade ago when laptops were not the sleek, ubiquitous tools they are today.

But Grove City College is conservative only in social outlook, not in its approach to technology and mobile computing The College fosters intellectual, moral, spiritual and social development consistent with a commitment to Christian truth. morals and freedom--the four-year liberal arts school has been long recognized for its academic quality--and insists its graduates possess a high level of cultural literacy, strong communication skills and specialized knowledge in major or professional fields. Today, 2,300 students attend courses at the College.

Eleven years ago, the College recognized the need for a laptop PC program. "Staff wanted to integrate laptops into the curricula to leverage efficiencies," says Chief Information Officer Vince DiStasi. "Additionally, by equipping incoming students with a laptop for the duration of their time with us, the faculty doesn't have to worry when setting an assignment that the students may not have the right tools available." Under the laptop program, faculty members eligible for an equipment refresh may elect to receive the new model of mobile PC to ensure that the latest capabilities get leveraged in the classroom as much as possible. Staff also receives a docking station with key board, mouse and 17-inch LCD monitor. DiStasi notes, "Each year, we decide on a model with HP in February, then we purchase 640 units in the spring, and image them over the summer so they are ready for use in the fall. …

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